OFFICIAL RESPONSE:Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je is scheduled to meet with students today regarding their incursion into the Ministry of Education compound on July 23
Date: , Aug 11, 2015
By: Rachel Lin, Su Mang-chuan and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporters, with staff writer
Even though the student occupation of the Ministry of Education’s forecourt to protest against high-school curriculum guideline changes ended on Thursday last week due to the approach of Typhoon Soudelor, student leaders yesterday said that the experience of confronting the nation’s bureaucracy has not dulled their passion for social justice and vowed to continue their activism.
Critics of the controversial changes to high-school curriculum guidelines, which led to the widespread student protests, allege the adjustments impose a China-centric view on history education and obscure the history of the White Terror during the nation’s Martial Law era, when civil liberties were suspended and major incidents of political repression, such as the 228 Incident in 1947, were perpetuated by the then Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) government. [FULL STORY]